Bozied, Huerta back, different results

Tagg Bozied made a successful return to the Portland lineup. Josh Carter was sent back up to Mobile after a brief stint in Lake Elsinore. Edgar Huerta was also back in action…in a not so successful debut in Mobile. Ben Johnson is having a very good last few weeks and capped it off with a grand slam Saturday. Eddie Bonine is not pleased with his pitching since being promoted to the Storm saying he is pressing. Jared Wells pitched another gem, but did not get a decision...again.

Portland won 7-4

Ben Risinger provided the starting blow in the top of the ninth inning. With the game tied 2-2 and two men on base, Risinger pinch hit for Joe Gerber and delivered a double to right-center to score them both. It was his first two RBI game of the year. You have to go as far back as April 11 to see his last meaningful one. He knocked in the game winner in the 11th inning that day.

Xavier Nady provided the insurance. After Risinger, Bernie Castro hit an infield single and Freddy Guzman walked to load the bases. Nady then hit a base clearing double to put them up 7-2.

They would need those extra runs as an error on Risinger would eventually score two runs.

J.J. Furmaniak hit his fifth homer of the season, a solo shot. He now has three homers in his last seven games, all of the solo variety.

Tagg Bozied went 2-for-3 with an RBI in his return to the lineup. He was replaced in the sixth inning as part of a double switch. It was his first appearance since April 17.

Bobby Scales is in a 2-for-23 slump. It has dropped his average from .348 to .281.

Marty McLeary made his second start of the year and gave up two runs on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Since turning into a starter he has an ERA of 1.98. His bullpen ERA was 5.06.

Mobile won 9-3

Jason Clements went 0-for-3 but still managed to drive in two runs. He had RBI groundouts in the second and fourth.

Ben Johnson hit a grand slam to bust the game open. It was Johnson's ninth homer of the year and fifth in his last eight games. He has driven in 13 over that time and now has 30 on the year. He leapfrogged Josh Barfield for the team lead and is eighth in the league. He is, however, batting just .232.

Jesse Roman is in a 4-for-42 slump. His average has dropped to .160.

Edgar Huerta returned to the lineup, this time with Mobile. He gave up two runs, one earned on two hits (one a homer) and a walk in 1.2 innings.

Clay Hensley earned the win and went to 4-6 on the season. Hensley gave up one run on eight hits over five innings. He also had another hit and is batting .417 on the year.

Lake Elsinore lost 5-4

Everyone in the Storm lineup had exactly one hit. Everyone but Luis Cruz also struck out at least once. Kervin Jacobo has been the worst K offender over the last five games. He has whiffed 13 times over his last five.

Eddie Bonine gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits and a season (in any league) high four walks. He has given up a homer in four of his five Storm starts and went to 2-3 with the team.

"You have to make sure you get ahead of these guys," Bonine said. "If you get behind, they can hurt you. That is what has happened to me a few times so far."

Bonine has walked three or more in each of his last three starts.

Wilmer Villatoro pitched his first scoreless inning since the first time he stepped out for the Storm. That covered a span of six games. He did enter one other game without allowing a run but gave up two walks that did not end up scoring.

Manager Rick Renteria talked about putting Villatoro back on the horse and he finally got a chance to ride.

Fort Wayne won 4-1

Juan Ciriaco belted his first professional homer. He had eight doubles and four triples playing for Idaho Falls in 2003.

Brian Wahlbrink has a seven game hitting streak but has not managed more than one hit in any game. His average has actually gone down in the process, from .253 to .246. He hit his first extra base hit, a triple, of the streak on Saturday.

Jared Wells gave up one run over six innings of work but did not get the victory. That went to Grant Gregg. Wells gave up five hits and walked two. For Wells, it marked the sixth time out of ten starts this season that he has allowed one or fewer earned runs in a game. In four of those six games, Wells has either not gotten a decision or was charged with a loss.

Leo Rosales has now gone eight straight appearances spanning seven innings without allowing a run. He has allowed a run in only two of his twelve appearances.

Ryan Klatt earned his second save of the season in as many chances. He went one inning and struck out two. He has gone seven games without allowing an earned run.

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